M997.53.153 | Serbs and the U.N.

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Drawing, cartoon
Serbs and the U.N.
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1994, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
25.7 x 25.6 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

Despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers, it was the Serbian "cat" or "fox" that was guarding the Balkan henhouse in the first half of the 1990s.

  • What

    The upheaval that shook the Communist world led to the independence of Yugoslavian republics such as Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The resistance of Serbian minorities, backed by Belgrade, caused armed conflicts that prompted international intervention.

  • Where

    The former Yugoslavia lies in the Balkans, a mountainous region of southeastern Europe that takes in several other neighbouring countries.

  • When

    Some Yugoslavian republics declared their independence in the early 1990s. The clashes that divided the region came to an end in December 1995, with the signing of a peace agreement.

  • Who

    Serbia was opposed to the declarations of independence of the Yugoslavian republics. United Nations peacekeepers, known as blue helmets or blue berets, served as a buffer force between the belligerents.